Learn to Listen

Well-trained, experienced soldiers know how to listen for and recognize commands that lead to victory.

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Matthew 9:32-34 – As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil.  And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marveled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.  But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils.

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Yesterday I asked a question based on the events surrounding our Text for Today.  Today I believe we should explore it even further.  Take a moment and read our Text for Today very closely, and answer the following questions to give a complete picture of what happened.  What was the condition of the man that was brought to Jesus?  He was a “dumb man possessed with a devil.”  From that we see two conditions that dominated that man’s life.  He was a “dumb man.”  That means he was unable to speak.  Secondly, he was possessed with a devil.  That means there was a devil (demon) that controlled the man’s life.

Our Text for Today gives us the details of the man’s condition, but there is nothing said about the demon manifesting itself through the man.  It seems all that was clearly observable was his inability to speak.  What I am indicating is that the outward evidence of something being wrong with the man was that he was dumb.  In the eyes of most people, I believe that the inability to speak would have been attributed to something in the man that needed to be healed, perhaps even a creative miracle.  But in truth, all that was needed was for the demon to be cast out of him.  When that was done, the man who was formerly dumb could speak.

To that end I ask you to consider in depth the following.  For how many people have we prayed for healing because what we saw appeared to be something that needed to be healed?  In other words, is it possible that what has appeared to us to be a need of healing is, in fact, a need of deliverance?  There is a difference between healing and deliverance.  The problem believers encounter is that the need of deliverance can appear to be a need for healing.  And the other side of that coin is likewise true; the need of healing can appear to be a need for deliverance.  The urgency for the believer when ministering to the person in need is to recognize the difference.  For that to happen, the believer needs to be yielded to Holy Spirit, for part of His work is to guide the believer into all truth.  While that certainly does include revelation and understanding of the Word, it also includes the truth in knowing what needs to be done at any given moment, and then doing the right thing.  We must learn to move when Holy Spirit says move, where Holy Spirit says move, and the way Holy Spirit says move.  This is the work of sons, for as many as are led by the Spirit are the sons of God.

Manna for Today – Matthew 9:32-34; Mark 16:15-20; Luke 4:1; Romans 8:14; John 16:13